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Exe Medieval bridge
near New Bridge Street, Exeter, UK
Exe Medieval bridge
associated engineer
Not known
date  between 1190 and 1210
UK era  Medieval  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SX915922
ICE reference number  HEW 996
photo  PHEW
Eight and half arches from Exeter's Medieval bridge across the Exe remain. They are among the UK's oldest surviving bridge works and are a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The mostly Norman semi-circular arches that can be seen in the park today are the part of the bridge that crossed the marsh between the river and Exeter in Medieval times. Originally there may have been 16 to 18 arches in all.
The river-crossing part was demolished in 1778 when a masonry bridge of three arches was built a little upstream. Later buildings and roads covered over and incorporated the Medieval remains, hence their survival.
They are built mainly of local volcanic rock, with some sandstone and limestone. The Norman arches each have three ribs, about 3ft apart. Several arches are pointed Gothic in form and have five wide ribs, also about 3ft apart.
reference sources   CEH South

Exe Medieval bridge